This week’s email message from the pastor.
I told you in last week’s message, here if you want to listen (the message itself starts just after 20m30s), about the teacher Amma who, in an interview in the documentary about her life, spoke about her frustration with God when she was young. To her young mind, the fact that there were aged and sick people in her village without enough was something God should be taking care of and wasn’t. While feeding these people with the leftovers she had collected from other villagers after their evening meal, it struck Amma that, if it is God’s responsibility to care for her neighbors, it must be her responsibility too. And so, she embarked upon a life of service that has found her to be a guru who travels all over the world.
While all of us can likely name a time or situation in our life that we were sure God had dropped the ball, we can also find times that the action of the Divine was maybe meant to come through our hands into the world. And, some of the times, we did just that. It’s an amazing entry into Grace to open ourselves to service and compassion by asking ourselves what it is that we can do. Like the Samaritan who was able to help the man on the side of the road because he could see himself there, we are invited to understand just how much our hearts can go out to others when it is giving that is our focus.
I hope that you have found the time this week to consider the times that you’ve been hurt and in heartache just long enough to realize that those around you, no matter who they are, have been through pain as well so that you can hold that tender part of them in your gentle hug. It’s through our own experience of healing that we can offer healing to others. We are all in this together.
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